“Back 2 Life” Trailer

LeToya Luckett is back!

The former Destiny’s Child member is set to release her new single “Back 2 Life” from her first album in seven years, telling PEOPLE in an exclusive interview that she “got to fall in love with myself all over again.”

“As women, we go through so many changes and on this album I let it out,” the 35-year-old singer says. “I talk about my growth and listening back I can hear it. I can hear that growth.”

Luckett revealed the album was created at an important time of her life, and that she hopes other women who have been in relationships can identify with.

“[It] doesn’t matter what relationship, mom to kids, to husband — this record is that ‘me time,’” she says. “That’s why I wanted to go with the record.”

When she hasn’t been spending time in the recording studio working on Until Then, she’s been juggling work as an actress. Luckett has appeared in Ballers with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Killers with Ashton Kutcher and, most recently, as legendary pop and R&B singer Dionne Warwick in the upcoming biopic, Dionne.

“I’m an actress now, as well,” she says. “I was leaving the set and going to the studio, still working on the album. I just didn’t want to come out with anything. I really wanted to take my time with it.”

Luckett spent five years working on the album, taking her time discovering the music and making sure it met her vision.

“It’s like therapy for me, going in there and writing records and pouring my heart out,” she says. “It’s something I had to learn how to do. Sometimes, it was a little too close to home, but then I was like, ‘Nah, there are real people going through that and they can relate.’”

The singer and actress opened up about her relationship with Beyoncé, whom she describes as “superwoman.”

“I’m so proud of her and I tell her every time I see her,” Luckett reveals. “It takes a lot of courage to be able to step out and do it your way and not care about how people are going to feel about it.”

Until Then is an R&B album, she says, but has an alternative angle, as well. She recently wrapped up three short videos for singles, one of which depicts the ups and downs of a relationship with her leading man, Thomas Q. Jones.

“I hope people can listen to the album and hear my heart,” she says. “For me, I get healing from music. I want people to experience that. It’s not about being liked, not about the approval. It’s about the experience and pouring my heart. I just want people to hear my heart and that’s it.”

LeToya Set to Play Dionne Warwick in Biopic

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LeToya has been cast to play singer Dionne Warwick in an upcoming film about the singer’s life.

Warwick made the announcement today at the Cannes Film Festival. The biopic will be called “Dionne,” and based on her 2010 biography “My Life As I See It.” It will focus on the years 1962 through 1968 and will explain the role British singer Cilla Black (portrayed by Lady Gaga) played in her career and why she was became Warwick’s nemesis. The film will also star Danny Glover and Olympia Dukakis.

“She is perfect and she has exactly the right look,” Warwick told The Hollywood Reporter about LeToya playing her. “She will bring out what is needed for this part.”

LeToya will also record music for the film’s soundtrack.

Warwick is a five-time Grammy winner and the second most charted female vocalist of all time with more 60 songs and selling over 100M records. Her hits include “Walk On By”, “Say a Little Prayer” and “That’s What Friends Are For.”

LeToya Stars in New TV One Comedy ‘Here We Go Again’

 

LeToya will star as Maddy Walker in the new TV One series Here We Go alongside Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game) as Loretta and Kyndall Ferguson playing Shante.

Here We Go Again, showcases three generations of Walker women whose lives are upended after a series of events sends them along an unexpected journey.

The half-hour series follows Maddy, a single mother who is convinced there is a “Walker Women’s Curse,” after being born to her mother, Loretta, at age 16, and having a child herself at age 16. Maddy refuses to let her daughter, Shante, now approaching her dreaded 16th birthday, become the next in line. Though on a professional high and having fun dating Cedric (Travis Winfrey, Single Ladies), on the night of Shante’s sweet 16 birthday, old feelings resurface for her high school sweetheart Victor (Andra Fuller, Black Jesus) – Shante’s dad and in a moment of weakness, they have one more steamy night. Maddy becomes shocked when at the age of 32, she discovers she is pregnant by Victor – again. As they navigate the trials and triumphs encountered along the way, they discover that starting over just might be where the fun actually begins.

Here We Go Again premiers Tuesday, February 9th at 8:00PM/7:00CT on TV One.

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